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Old 03-12-2021, 11:35 PM
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Audible- what amps and speaks are you using? I have a 526 on route--thanks
Congrats on the 526 ... awesome preamp! Decided what you're going to pair it with?

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Old 03-13-2021, 10:24 AM
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Thanks- I have a 532h and a Luxman m600a and Carver 275-Speaks are Proac D2-Spatial Audio M3 Triodes and Spendors Sp2 and Sp3
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Dawg-- How is the Ref working these days?
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Old 03-27-2021, 11:24 PM
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Dawg-- How is the Ref working these days?
Actually sold it a while back and went with a BAT Rex2 2 box tube preamp. I sacrificed a tiny bit of detail and soundstage overall for a tad bit of warmth. In my system it was the right choice. Otherwise the Ref52 was awesome! Still miss that palm size remote though!

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Sorry for the late reply-- yep that remote is the best- I may look at that BAT--warm wins!!!
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How does the 526 stack up against other DAC's that cost the difference of a 523?

Also 526 phono stage, any thoughts?
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Old 09-25-2021, 08:17 AM
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How does the 526 stack up against other DAC's that cost the difference of a 523?

Also 526 phono stage, any thoughts?
Of the two I’d give the better grade to the phono stage. I could tell very little difference to the built in phono stage of the 526 vs Audio Research PH8. Now that was an older phono stage but still a very good one. The Levinson was good enough that I sold the phono stage.

The dac on the other hand … It is NOT a value as there are many dacs I listened to even at less than the price differential that are much better than the DAC in the 526. Yggdrasil is the first of many that come to mind here …

No doubt these are great preamps … just add the DAC of your choice to get the most out of it and because of that I recommend the 523 which was why I had bought that originally after comparing the two, then upgraded, etc, etc, etc

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In the No 52 HIFI news article, download from ML site, for the phono stage, it states "Custom input loads, should one be required, can be configured using internal solder-less connections by your dealer."

This sounds like jumpers possibly, has anyone done this or have more info on how this is done? thanks.
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Old 09-26-2021, 01:19 PM
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It dawned on me that I should be able to also set the load to the option of 47K, and then use loading plugs. Example 900 ohm resistor used on a loading plug (1 male RCA to dual female RCA) would give me ~900 ohm resistive load?
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